There is, of course, no New York Giants' game today. That, however, doesn't mean you won't be in front of your television set getting your Sunday NFL fix. Here is my take on which game you should pay attention to today. Call it your 'Giants' fans Week 11 Watchability Index.'
Before I get started, though, a quick mention that our friends at SBNation.com put together a watchability index each week, as do our YouTube brethren. This week's watchability index video is below.
NFL Week 11 Watchability Index (via sbnation)
Now, on with our look at the watchability/importance of today's games.
Arizona Cardinals (4-5) at Atlanta Falcons (8-1), 1 p.m.
From a Giants' perspective, the only real reason to watch this game is if you want to get a good look at the Falcons, one of the teams the Giants will have to go through in the playoffs. If, of course, the Giants right their own ship and win the NFC East.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) at Carolina Panthers (2-7), 1 p.m.
Don't watch this game unless you really, really want to raise your blood pressure. You're going to spend your afternoon watching Doug Martin of Tampa Bay running with the ball and thinking "shoot, we should have found a way to draft that guy."
Cleveland Browns (2-7) at Dallas Cowboys (4-5), 1 p.m.
Without question the most meaningful game of the day for Giants' fans. The Cowboys are the only team with a legitimate shot at denying the Giants an NFC East title -- thanks, mostly, to the Giants allowing Dallas back into the race by losing to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns can do the Giants a huge favor by pulling off the upset. Watch for it. Root for it. Just don't count on it.
Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Detroit Lions (4-5), 1 p.m.
I'm not sure whether you should really care which team wins this game. Ultimately, that probably does not matter. What is interesting, though, is that the Giants host the Packers next Sunday, making this your chance to get a look at Aaron Rodgers and company.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) at Houston Texans (8-1), 1 p.m.
You have better things to do than watch this game.
Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-8), 1 p.m.
Watching this game is only going to make you mad all over again about the Giants losing to Cincinnati last week.
New York Jets (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (3-5-1), 1 p.m.
Watching the Jets is always fun. What will happen this week with Team Turmoil? It's a soap opera that always provides entertainment value.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) at Washington Redskins (3-6), 1 p.m.
The Giants have given both of these teams hope that they can actually get back into the NFC East race. After today one of them will still be able to think that. Nick Foles makes his first start at quarterback today for the Eagles in place of the concussed Michael Vick.
New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Oakland Raiders (3-6), 4:05 p.m.
Can the Saints really climb out of an 0-4 hole and get to the playoffs as a wild-card team? If they have any shot at that, they can't lose to the Raiders today.
San Diego Chargers (4-5) at Denver Broncos (6-3), 4:25 p.m.
I don't know why you guys should watch this game. Eli Manning, though? Tune in Eli. See how a Manning is supposed to play quarterback. It might help you remember how you did it not that long ago.
Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at New England Patriots (6-3), 4:25 p.m.
Baltimore Ravens (7-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3), 8:20 p.m.
Ravens vs. Steelers is always a physical, competitive game. How will the Steelers fare without Ben Roethlisberger? As for watchability, if you need more football at that hour it should be a good game and it's your only choice.